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by Derek Kessler Sun, 17 Apr 2011 10:15 pm EDT

There are many ways to post the same content onto sites like Facebook and Twitter, but the methods aren’t always so accurate. Yes, there are services to make Twitter go to Facebook, but those are either the kind where you have to remember to tag the post (and lose four precious characters in the process) or have absolutely everything from Twitter appear on Facebook. Neither solution is ideal, and that’s where developer Dan Perlberger of HedamiSoft decided he needed to step in with a new app: Quick Post.

Quick Post was previewed here just last week, and after a whirlwind of development it’s headed to the App Catalog. The idea behind quick post is simple: easily submit a status update to the Twitter and/or Facebook accounts of your choice. What makes Quick Post great is the combination of sheer simplicity combined with a unique automated feature set to make the entire process easier. What makes the process easier? Well, let’s start from the beginning.

Quick Post uses Oauth for both Twitter and Facebook, ensuring that your posting to those sites remains secure (Oauth requires a unique PIN be entered in the app). You can set up as many Facebook and Twitter accounts as you like, and assign default accounts and a unique shortcut code to each account to allow for easy posting via Just Type (more on that in a bit). Once you’ve got the accounts set up, you can create a new message and select the accounts you want to send it to. For your Twitter accounts Quick Post will put a 140-character counter in the top left corner, and for Facebook a 420-character counter in the to right.

While sending the same message to different services isn’t exactly a mind-blowing feature, Quick Post takes things a step further to ensure that your message is whittled down to an appropriate size for the services you’re posting to. The first thing it does is automatically run all URLs in the message through bit.ly to make them all nice and short. Following that, the message is run through 140it to remove excess spaces and replace words with common abbreviations (e.g. “you” is replaced with “u”), and then certain two- and three-letter groups are replaced with an appropriate single Unicode character (e.g. “and” is replaced with “&”).

If Quick Post can’t get your post down to the service-appropriate size, then it will split them into appropriately-sized chunks, with each post prefixes with a (X/X) to let the reader know that there are most posts to read. This message splitting is smart enough that it doesn’t go just by raw character count – it breaks at the last complete word so your readers aren’t left with a nonsensical jumble of words broken across posts.

If you’re the type to compose your post within Quick Post, the app will automatically save your post as a draft if you have to quit mid-composition. Additionally, if you happen to be in a situation where a data connection isn’t available, the app will queue up your submitted posts and automatically post them when your connection is restored.

The coup de grace for Quick Post is for webOS 2.0 users. It’s that Just Type feature that apps are just now beginning to take full advantage of: Quick Actions. Like a few other Twitter apps and Palm’s own Facebook app, Quick Post does allow you to submit your post via a Quick Action. Unlike all the others, Quick Post actually lets your do it quickly.

First up are those shortcuts we told you about: if composing a message in Just Type, you can prefix it with the shortcuts separated by a comma (or z for all) to specify which accounts you want it sent to, or just go with none to send it to your already-assigned defaults. Once you’ve got your post ready, all you need to do is hit the Quick Post button under Quick Actions and the app will kick into gear doing all of the above described shortening, splitting, and queuing to get it into your feeds. Unlike the other Twitter and Facebook apps, however, Quick Post doesn’t require that you hit a post or submit button to get your post online, no, it does it automatically. Of course, this does remove the “are you sure?” step that apps like Facebook and Carbon offer you through their Just Type integration, but doing so would fly in the face of an app named for the speed at which it is designed to let you operate (that speed being “quick”).

The question we have to ask is this: does Quick Post live up to its name? It most certainly does. In all of our trials, Quick Post was able to get submitted posts onto Twitter and/or Facebook with minimal fuss. The robust background services are what make Quick Post work as well as it does - you hit Send and forget it, regardless of where you are. There is a bit of a learning curve to using Quick Post with Just Type if you're the type that will be posting to multiple accounts, but not the same content always to all the accounts. But that curve is merely remembering which shortcuts you assigned to which accounts, and remembering to place them at the start of your Just Type composition.

So is Quick Post the app for you? That depends. If you’re the type that likes to be able to post simultaneously to multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts without having to think about it, or you’re the type that thinks of a great tweet while on the signal-less subway, or you’re the type that sometimes just wants to submit a post without having to read everybody else’s, then yes, Quick Post is the app for you. And at just $1.50, why not?

Quick Post, by HedamiSoft, will be available soon in the App Catalog for $1.50.

21 Comments

Wow Derek your a fast typer on the pre.

Great job Dan! Looks promising...

Now if only I had 2.X (truly) capable hardware to run webOS, I'd be on this app like stink on...something smelly.

@TheTolsonator The app will run fine on webOS 1.4.5 (sans Just Type).

Thanks for the great review! You really summarized everything well. But damn I was blown away by your typing speed. That was just crazy fast!

I miss my pre... This will be one of the first apps I get when I get back into webOS

So I tried running my Pre- @ 1.2ghz running WebOS 2.1... Yea don't ever do this haha. my phone started out "blazing fast", and all of a sudden it just went into a crazy reboot cycle. God must love me because it stopped happening long enough for me to remove the kernel. Figure I would let everyone know NOT to do this. Runs fine @ 1.1ghz haha.

Also I need an app developed. Not sure if anyone is interested. I'm an insurance agent and I need an app for people to submit their info for a quote on insurance. Not sure how feasible this would be, but if someone can please get to me you will be compensated for your hard work.

Thank you... in advance!

Please email me @ jeffrey3605@hotmail.com in reference to Insurance App

i would like to comment that it might be better to evaluate what phone models your clients are using before you want to start developing for, what i think to be, a webos app. it might be helpful to get a general consensus and work your way from there.

For the record, I don't type that past. I had to kick the video up to 2x to get past the monotony of watching me type out a corny turtle joke.

How is this different from - or better than - the Ping.fm app?

The differences from what I can gather:

- My app doesn't filter your messages through a 3rd party service (Ping.fm) where you have to register your accounts.

- My app automatically and intelligently compresses the messages to fit within the Twitter or Facebook character limits.

- My app automatically splits the message into multiple pieces if compression doesn't work.

- With my app you can write messages anywhere regardless of internet connection and they get sent automatically when the internet connection restores.

- Incomplete messages are automatically saved as drafts.

- You can send messages to any combination of your accounts using shortcuts and Just Type with a single tap.

- Plus there's much more coming...

Is my app the only solution for posting to multiple social networks? No. But it is the easiest and most versatile way of doing it on webOS. Quick Post is all about focusing on the content of your post, not on the logistics of posting.

Thanks for your prompt response.

seriously, how many twitter app reviews/spotlights can we have

Quick Post is now available in the catalog! So go pick it up!

Some people are reporting issues accessing it on their Pre 2's. There's an issue in the catalog that HP will hopefully resolve soon. So if you can't see it or get a "This application is not available for your model" error, that's why.

To keep up to date on the status of this issue, you can follow me on Twitter (@Hedami).

I'm able to see the app in the catalog on my Pre 2, so I think the issue is resolved. So everybody go check out the app in the catalog!

why are the rounded portions of the box not included in tap selections (look at the screenshot, the top and bottom of Derek Kessler). In the small screen world, that is a bunch of wasted pixels. And when there are multiple accounts listed in the box, it gives extra priority for the first one, which it shouldn't.

I've seen this done right before, perhaps there is a fix to this to make the rounded portion included?

The rounded portions are not part of the "Derek Kessler" list item. When you expand the account list (see the 2nd screenshot on the app catalog page) you'll see what I mean. When the account list is expanded, the "rounded" portions at the top and bottom display arrows indicating the list can be scrolled.

I'm not sure what you mean by "gives extra priority for the first one". The accounts in the list are sorted by social network type, then by alphabetical order. Accounts which are selected will be highlighted in a dark color.

Come by the "Quick Post" discussion thread (http://forums.precentral.net/hedami/280497-quick-post-twitter-facebook-p...) if you have any other questions about this.

Sorry for the off topic, but I want a pre2 now. A pre3 would be ideal, but the pre2 looks impressive here. I don't know why I've never noticed this before. Anyway, you can suck it Sprint... do something with webos, anything, soon!!

ye of little patience, wait two or three more months and you'll get your pre3.

More like 4 or 5 months based on Palm's recent release history.

This does look like a nice app. Can I disable the "compression"? I do not use "u" instead of "you" and do not want to begin now.